What Happened in February 1937

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 Stapleton, Staten Island, becomes a customs-free port

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Feb 3 Don Bradman scores 212 (in 441 minutes!) in 5th cricket test v England

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Feb 4 Jim Margie, Philadelphia, bowls 900 in 3 (unsanctioned) games

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Feb 5 1st Charlie Chaplin talkie, "Modern Times," released

Comedian/Actor/Filmaker Charlie Chaplin
Comedian/Actor/Filmaker
Charlie Chaplin

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Feb 5 FDR proposes enlarging Supreme Court, "court packing" plan failed

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Feb 6 K Elizabeth Ohi becomes 1st Japanese-US female lawyer
  • Feb 8 Maxwell Anderson's "Masque of Kings" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 10 Ragnhild Hveger swims world free style record 400m (5:14.2)
  • Feb 11 44-day sit-down strike at General Motors in Flint Mich ends
  • Feb 12 Cleveland (now Los Angeles) Rams granted an NFL franchise
  • Feb 13 "Prince Valiant" comic strip appears; known for historical detail
  • Feb 13 Bradman scores 123 SA v Queensland, 165 mins, 10-4s 1-6 in cricket
  • Feb 13 Maribel Vinson wins her 9th US figure skating championship
  • Feb 13 NFL Boston Redskins move to Washington, D.C.
  • Feb 13 US male Figure Skating championship won by Robin Lee
  • Feb 16 DuPont Corp patents nylon, developed by employee Wallace H Carothers
  • Feb 16 Jean Anouilh's "Le Voyageur Sans Baggage" premieres in Paris
  • Feb 20 1st automobile/airplane combination tested, Santa Monica, Ca
  • Feb 21 Initial flight of the first successful flying car, Waldo Waterman's Arrowbile.
  • Feb 21 The League of Nations bans foreign national "volunteers" in the Spanish Civil War.
  • Feb 24 1st US group hospital-medical cooperative authorized, Wash, DC
  • Feb 26 Christopher Isherwood and W. H. Auden's "Ascent of F6" premieres in London
  • Feb 27 Bradman scores 169 in 5th Test Cricket v England in 223 minutes

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Don Everly, Brownie Ky, vocalist (Everly Bros-Wake Up Little Susie)
  • Feb 1 Dr Hook, [Ray Sawyer], Ala, vocalist (Dr Hook-When You're in Love)
  • Feb 1 Garrett Morris, actor (SNL, Martin, Carwash), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Feb 2 Martina Arroyo, American opera soprano (NY Met), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 2 Tom Smothers, American comedian (Smother Brother Show, Serial), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 2 Don Buford, All-Star MLB outfielder
  • Feb 2 Remak Ramsay, American actor
  • Feb 4 Collin Wilcox, Highlands NC, actor (To Kill a Mocking Bird)
  • Feb 4 John Devitt, Australia, 100m freestyle swimmer (Olympic-gold-1960)
  • Feb 4 Magnar Solberg, Norway, 20K biathalete (Olympic-gold-1968, 72)
  • Feb 4 David Newman, American filmmaker (d. 2003)
  • Feb 5 Cocky van Oost, [Kommertje van Vliet], Dutch dancer (Sylphides)
  • Feb 5 Gaston Roelants, Belgium, world cross-country champion
  • Feb 5 Stuart Damon, American actor (Alan Quartermaine-General Hospital), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Feb 5 Wang Xuan, Chinese scientist (d. 2006)
  • Feb 6 Baldev Singh Chahal, campaigner
  • Feb 8 Joe Raposa, composer/songwriter (Sesame Street)
  • Feb 8 Manfred Krug, Duisburg Germany, actor (Boxer)
  • Feb 9 Brian Wenham, media consultant/journalist
  • Feb 9 Johnny Sayles, US vocalist (You Made Me Wiggle)
  • Feb 9 Clete Boyer, American baseball player (d. 2007)
  • Feb 10 Don Wilson, rock guitarist (Ventures-Walk Don't Run, Batman Theme)
  • Feb 10 Lord Justice Rose, former judge on the Court of Appeal of England and Wales
  • Feb 10 Yuriy Poyarkov, USSR, volleyball player (Oly-2 gold/1 silver-1964-72)
  • Feb 11 Bill Lawry, cricketer (dour Australian lefty opener, Can talk a bit)
  • Feb 11 Lodewijk Boer, Dutch violinist/playwright (The Family)
  • Feb 11 Marilyn Butler, Rector (Exeter College-Oxford)
  • Feb 11 Peter Lashley, cricketer (4 Tests for West Indies 1960-66)
  • Feb 12 Charles Everett Dumas, high jumper (Olympic-gold-1956), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Feb 13 Sigmund Jaehn, German DR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 31/29)
  • Feb 13 Susan Oliver, American actress (Ann-Peyton Place, Star Trek-Cage), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 13 Ali El-Maak, Sudanese writer (d. 1992)
  • Feb 14 John MacGregor, British MP
  • Feb 14 Magic Sam, rocker (Chicago Bluesman)
  • Feb 15 Nicholas Bayne, diplomat
  • Feb 15 P J Squire, British headmaster (Bedford Modern School)
  • Feb 15 Terry Everett, (Rep-R-Alabama)
  • Feb 15 Zoltan Pesko, composer
  • Feb 15 Gregory Mcdonald, American author
  • Feb 16 Paul Bailey, English novelist and biographer, born in London
  • Feb 16 Valentin Vasilyevich Bondarenko, cosmonaut
  • Feb 17 Mickey McGill, US vocalist (Dells-Love is Blue)
  • Feb 18 Jeff Farrell, US swimmer (Olympics-2 gold-1960)
  • Feb 19 Norman O'Neill, cricketer (great Aussie bat of 60's Brilliant field)
  • Feb 20 David Ackles, Illinois, vocalist/songwriter (American Gothic)
  • Feb 20 Nancy Wilson, Chillicothe Ohio, jazz vocalist (Feel Like Making Love)
  • Feb 20 Robert Huber, Munich Germany, biochemist (Nobel 1988)
  • Feb 20 Roger Penske, auto racer
  • Feb 21 Gary Lockwood, Van Nuys Cal, actor (2001, Survival Zone, Lieutenant)
  • Feb 21 Ron Clarke, Australian runner (set 17 world records) and mayor, born in Melbourne, Victoria (d. 2015)
  • Feb 22 Dubravko Detoni, composer
  • Feb 22 Joanna Russ, US, sci-fi author (Hugo, Female Man, Alyx)
  • Feb 22 Noel Murphy, British(?) rugby player
  • Feb 22 Samuel Whitbread, English brewer/multi-millionaire
  • Feb 22 Tommy Aaron, PGA golfer (1973 Masters), born in Gainesville, Georgia
  • Feb 23 David Ward, president (Law Society)
  • Feb 23 Lord Tugendhat, British politician (Conservative party)
  • Feb 23 Tom Osborne, college football coach
  • Feb 24 Jerry Wiggin, British MP
  • Feb 25 Basia Johnson, maid (inherited Johnson & Johnson fortune)
  • Feb 25 Bob Schieffer, newscaster (CBS Weekend News), born in Austin, Texas
  • Feb 25 Tom Courtenay, England, actor (Dresser, Doctor Zhivago, To Catch a Spy)
  • Feb 26 Hagood Hardy, Canadian musician and composer (d. 1997)
  • Feb 27 Barbara Babcock, actress (Dr Quinn, Dallas, Hill St Blues), born in Pasadena, California
  • Feb 27 Donald MacKay, CEO (Scottish Enterprise)
  • Feb 27 L Jay Silvester, US, discus thrower (Olympic-silver-1972)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 18 Actress Mary Astor (30) weds film editor Manuel del Campo (23) in Yuma, Arizona

Actress Mary Astor
Actress
Mary Astor

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 Marguerite Audoux, writer, dies
  • Feb 3 Marija Leiko, Latvian film actress (b. 1887)
  • Feb 5 Lou [Andreas-]Salome, Russian/German author (Eroticism), dies at 75
  • Feb 7 Elihu Root, US min of War/Foreign affairs (Nobel 1912), dies at 91
  • Feb 8 Scato Gocko de Vries, Dutch paleographer/librarian, dies at 75
  • Feb 13 C A Bernoulli, writer, dies
  • Feb 14 Erkki Gustav Melartin, composer, dies at 62
  • Feb 20 "Barlow" Carkeek, Aust cricket wicketkeeper (1912 series), dies
  • Feb 23 Claude Buckenham, cricketer (21 wkts in 4 Tests for Eng 1909-10), dies